Fantasy: Championship Week – Start ’em, Sit ’em

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

Its championship weekend in fantasy football, hopefully you’ve made it to the big game. Just one final set of selections could stand between you and the fantasy trophy for 2019. So let’s get into those all important picks!



QB – Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Matt Ryan has performed very well the past two weeks putting up 34 points against the Carolina Panthers and then 23 against a very good San Francisco 49ers defense. Without any real run game, the Falcons quarterback will have it all to do again but he is up against a very generous Jacksonville defense who have allowed a passer rating of 119.6 and an average of more than 22 fantasy points to opposing QB’s since week 12.

The Falcons have disappointed this season but Matt Ryan is still a very capable starter for championship weekend.


QB – Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) at Philadelphia Eagles

Dak has been struggling with a shoulder injury but there is no chance he misses the biggest game of the season for the Cowboys. The winner of this game will essentially be the winner of the poor NFC East division. Both the Cowboys and Eagles came into the season expecting the division to be close, but not quite in this way.

Prescott put up 28 fantasy points against the Rams last week and in their first meeting against the Eagles, Prescott was 21-27 for 278 yard, one touchdown and an interception but the Eagles secondary is beatable. In this big game, I see the Cowboys taking the win and claiming the NFC East.

Notable Mentions: Jameis Winston (Bucs) vs Houston Texans, Ryan Tannehill (Titans) vs New Orleans Saints.


RB – Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Miami Dolphins

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Mixon deserves some credit for his performance in 2019. The Bengals may well have the worst record in the NFL but he has been very productive, especially of late. In 6 of the last 7 games Mixon has at least 16 PPR points in some tough matches against the Rams, Ravens and Patriots. In last weeks game against New England he finished with 25 carries for 136 yards and 3 receptions for 20 yards. The Dolphins have allowed six touchdowns to opposing teams running backs in the past 4 games and at least 27 fantasy points per game!


RB – DeAndre Washington (Oakland Raiders) @ LA Chargers

Josh Jacobs is out so Washington is your starter. In week 14, Jacobs was out injured allowing Washington to be the lead back. He had a stat line of 53 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown as well as six catches for 43 yards on seven targets. This production resulted in 21.6 fantasy points and he up against a Chargers defense who have allowed 15 touchdowns and nearly 26 fantasy points a game to running backs. He is a great starter option in the flex.

Notable Mentions – Miles Sanders (Eagles) vs Dallas Cowboys, Marlon Mack (Colts) vs Carolina Panthers.


WR – Terry McLaurin (Washington Redskins) vs NY Giants

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McLaurin had a little bit of a slump in recent weeks, that was until he put up 32 fantasy points against the Eagles! In the past two weeks he has 9 catches on 12 targets for 187 yards and two touchdowns. It would appear that he is finally clicking with Dwayne Haskins (who was also his QB at Ohio State) and the Redskins look primed for great production from both in the coming years. 

The Giants allow the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers and they are tied for third in touchdowns allowed to receivers with 20. McLaurin missed the first match between the teams this season but look for him to make up for the missed time with a good stat line.


WR – Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Miami Dolphins

Its championship weekend and I’m picking two players to start from the team with the worst record in the NFL! Thats the beauty of fantasy football. To an extent, you can ignore the teams record and just look at match ups, and Boyd has a great one this week against the Miami Dolphins defense.

The Dolphins have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, with 25. With A.J. Green and Auden Tate both out, Boyd will see plenty of opportunities which is always good news for fantasy owners.

Notable Mentions – Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) vs Arizona Cardinals, Breshad Perriman (Bucs) vs Houston Texans.


TE – Hunter Henry (LA Chargers) vs Oakland Raiders

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Henry is coming off an awful game in last weeks loss to the Vikings but he has a positive matchup this week against the Oakland Raiders. The last time these two teams met, Henry had a touchdown and 13 fantasy points. The Raiders defense has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Henry should see plenty of targets if you have survived long enough to stick with him!


TE – Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) vs Dallas Cowboys

Goedert is a solid fantasy starter this week at the tight end position. The Dallas Cowboys defense was highly thought of before the season started but they haven’t really lived up to the hype. They have also been exploited by tight ends all season. Goedert and Ertz lead the Eagles in the passing game so look for the Eagles to attack the Cowboys weakness often.

Goedert has seen at least 6 targets in every game since week 11 and he should eclipse that against the Cowboys with injuries at the wide receiver position.

Notable Mentions: Jared Cook (Saints) @ Tennesse Titans.



QB – Tom Brady (New England Patriots) vs Buffalo Bills

Brady is struggling, make no excuses about that. This week he is facing a very good Buffalo defense that caused him all sorts of problems earlier in the season. I wouldn’t just list Brady as a sit but as a total bust this week!

RB – Carlos Hyde (Houston Texans) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hyde performed well against the Titans last week but I wouldn’t trust him on Championship weekend. The Bucs defense have allowed just 3.1 yards per rush this season which ranks third in the league. It’s too risky in my opinion.

WR – John Brown (Buffalo Bills)  @ New England Patriots

Any receiver that is going up against Stephon Gilmore I would list as a sit. Gilmore is arguably the best corner in the league, stats don’t lie. Perimeter receivers have scored just two touchdowns all season against the Pats and have averaged the fewest fantasy points.

TE – Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) vs Philadelphia Eagles

Witten had a solid performance last week against the Rams but the Eagles defense has been tough on opposing tight ends allowing just 4 touchdowns and the fifth fewest fantasy points this season. In the week 7 matchup between the two teams, Witten was held to just 33 yards. Don’t chase the points based on last week!

Hype Train Station – Week 16

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

This is it. Hopefully if you are taking the time to read this, you are in your championship game (if not, good luck in avoiding the toilet bowl or any forfeits your league must have). There are a few things to consider this week. Teams who have qualified and cannot improve their seeding, teams that are trying to qualify and will be going all out to win, and teams looking to grab home advantage for the playoffs.

Houston and Tampa Bay may have a shootout although only the Texans have a chance to make the playoffs. The Bills play New England with a possible chance of usurping them as AFC East leaders and potentially end up with a first round bye. Dallas and Philly playoff in what may be a winner takes all match. The 49ers look to eliminate the Rams, the Titans look to hold onto their playoff hopes against a Saints team looking for the #1 seed in the NFC. Minnesota and Green Bay fight for supremacy in the NFC North, while at the other end the Bengals face the Dolphins in the latest Tankbowl.




Devonta Freeman (ATL vsJAX)

The Falcons and Jags are both out of contention, so this is a dead rubber, however Freeman needs to get into a groove and the Jags run defence are in a rut. There is a chance they use the time to try out rookie Quadree Olinson as the lead back after his performances in previous weeks so if you need a hail Mary play, there’s an option. 


Chris Carson (SEA vsARI)

The most one sides matchup where the favourite is playing for something and the other team is out of it. Seattle have a lot to fight for with the 49ers in sight and they will be looking for their workhorse to power them on.

Those needing a plausible deep option the play may be looking for players trying to establish themselves in the lead role or make their HC pay attention. The likes of Patrick Laird (MIA vsCIN), Chris Thompson (WAS vsNYG), Ryquell Armstead (JAX @ATL) and Justin Jackson (LAC vsOAK) all may have points to prove. There are others, but this is not an easy week for matchups.



Deandre Hopkins/Will Fuller (HOU @TB)

Again, this game will be fire and if both of these guys play, one or both are going to come up big. If they don’t then the Titans and steelers may just drag them out of the playoffs. The Pressure is on.


Tyler Lockett/DK Metcalf (SEA vsARI)

These two might both have big days as the Seahawks try and firm up a wildcard spot and take aim at the 49ers and a first round bye. Carson won’t be able to do all the work, and with how poorly the Cardinals secondary has played this year, Wilson will be out to exploit it as he does.


Darius Slayton (NYG @WAS)

Going a bit deeper, Slayton has been a great find for the Giants and against the Redskins he can keep that run going. Shepard, Tate and Engram would be the usual top 3 targets, but Slayton is making the most of each of them missing time and has solidified a position on the team going forwards. Slayton is fast becoming owned so those needing to dig deeper have: Chris Conley (JAX @ATL), Dionte Johnson (PIT @NYJ), Miles Boykin (BAL @CLE) and Scott Miller (TB vsHOU).




Jameis Winston/DeSean Watson (TB vsHOU)

This may be a shootout even though only one team really has something to play for. Winston is a low end league winner and Watson, a high end one. Both have back secondary’s and have been leaking points, which makes it very eye catching for the neutral and for fantasy.


Russell Wilson (SEA vsARI)

I’ve put a lot of Seattle players in here and Wilson is an obvious addition. Obviously throughout this article I’ve picked players who are going to be owned so this is aimed at DFS or those teams with line-up decisions in the final, hence why the next option is much more left field…


Drew Lock (DEN vsDET)

Lock has been having a ball since becoming the starter and against a weak Detroit defence, he can continue that trend. In a slightly similar situation (two teams out of contention) I like Gardner Minshew (JAX @ATL) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA vsCIN) if you need deeper options.



Zach Ertz/Dallas Goedert (PHI vsDAL)

I’ve been avoiding the huge NFC East game as it’s hard to call, but the one thing I feel comfortable saying, is that the Eagles passing offence will be largely centred around their Tight Ends. Injuries have hurt the Eagles and they should use a lot of two TE sets to allow Goedert and Ertz to receive looks. Jason Witten may also have relevance, but Ertz may be the #1.


OJ Howard/Cameron Brate (TB vsHOU)

Evans and Godwin are OUT. The load has to go somewhere and we know Jameis will pass the ball a lot.


Jacob Hollister (SEA vsARI)

Play your TE against Arizona, especially when your QB is Russel Wilson and you have everything on the line as I’ve probably said 4 times already. He may even be on the wire in a few places. If not but you are in need you could look for: Darren Fells (HOU @TB), Jack Doyle (IND vsCAR), Noah Fant (DEN vsDET), Jonnu Smith (TEN vsNO) and Hayden Hurst (BAL @CLE).  



Steelers (PIT @NYJ)

Again, I have to back my team in defence. They are doing the work to allow the offence to do just enough. Pittsburgh have a great shot at the last Wildcard which would potentially put them up against the NFC South victor which is gives them a genuine opportunity to rematch against the Patriots once more. The Jets wont offer much, even with Lev Bell playing his former employers.


Ravens (BAL @CLE)

The Ravens should be able to pick off Baker and the Browns and will be using this as a warmup fore tougher tests to come. They are improving and beginning to peak at the right moment.


49ers (SF vsLAR)

This is a difficult one, but Jared Goff still gives the ball away too often and I think the 49ers defence will be the difference. The Patriots have a similar scenario against the Bills and both these games see teams who are a win apart and will be scrapping to make the playoffs. It may be too little too late for the Rams though and the 49ers should show their playoff intentions.


Chiefs (KC @CHI)

Those needing to dig deeper may be able to use the Chiefs against the Bears since it is still Mitchell Trubisky and his inconsistency is his downfall. The Chiefs could still get a first round bye so they will be fighting hard, while the Bears are eliminated.


So, there you go. My last ramblings for this season and big thanks to the Full10Yards guys for their support this season and I look forward to working with them and improving over the coming years. Listen out for the podcasts, keep your eyes peeled on twitter and the fantasy sector will see you next season, but for now:

“We have arrived at week 16, where this Hype Train terminates. Please gather all your belongings, Check for trophies, belts and prize money before leaving the train. We thank you for using the Hype Train this season and we hope to see you again soon.”

Waiver Targets – Week 16

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Congratulations/Commiserations* . You’re in the final or some horrendous 3rd/4th/5th/6th place* playoff. It’s all on the line and we’re in choppy waters as some players may get shut down for the final weeks of the season. *delete as appropriate

Let’s get to it…

Quarterback – Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins


There is literally no option I like this week who is going to be available for you. If you’re unfortunate enough to be stuck with Tom Brady & Jared Goff then maybe throw a dart at Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Tank Bowl between Miami & Cincinnati this Sunday but the matchups for the QBs that aren’t Top 10 are just pretty unfavourable.


Running Back – Mike Boone – Minnesota Vikings


Dalvin Cook went out of the game against the Chargers with a fresh injury and could miss next week’s huge game at home to Green Bay. With Alexander Mattison also missing Sunday’s game this could open up opportunities for Boone who bagged two scores thanks to those aforementioned injuries.

If – like me – Cook has carried your team to the playoffs then maybe look at snapping Boone up incase Cook can’t go against Green Bay.


Wide Receiver – Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins


Are we thinking OROY for McLaurin? He’s got to be in the consideration as he’s been a huge bright spot for a team that has had a terrible year.

This week’s matchup is against the Giants and after he went for 5/130/1 against the Eagles I am backing him to have another big week against the G-Men in what we should be calling Chase Young Bowl.


Tight End – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos


I think we can give Drew Lock & the Broncos a pass against a superb Chiefs team in treacherous conditions. I think most QBs would struggle to get any sort rhythm going, let alone against the team who is a lock to be playing the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

Despite that, Fant had 56 reception yards and I expect that to continue against the Lions who give up a touch under 8 fantasy points per game to Tight Ends.

DFS – Week 15

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

Unfortunately, there will be some people out there that have been eliminated from their season long leagues. Bad times. Luckily DFS is a thing so you can get your fantasy football action this week and next week. Good times. Don’t forget you can play against me and a few of the Full10Yards team over on draft kings on this link – Dkng.co/tdtips .

Here are a few suggestions for your lineups in week 15:

quarterback


Jared Goff @ DAL – $6,100:

I’m including a LA Rams stack for week 15. Goff didn’t pull up too many trees last week against Seattle but he now travels to Dallas who let’s face it, have not played defence over the last month. Dallas do have talent on defence but they are seemingly ripe for the picking and we all know that if Jared Goff gets a bit of time to survey the field, he can hit his talented core of pass catchers. In a week where there aren’t many good cheapish options, I don’t see why Goff cant return 20+ points in this matchup.

Gardner Minshew @ OAK – $5,500:

For those that want to go left field, Garnder Minshew might not be a bad shout. Back in as starter for the trip to Oakland, this could be a sneaky high scoring game. It’s the last game in the coliseum for Oakland which will mean the crowd are raucous, but this Oakland defence is nothing to be afraid of and is hardly a black hole for fantasy points. The Jacksonville defence has finished playing for the year too, judging by their 31-3 deficit they were facing last week before some garbage time points that Blake Bortles was more than accustomed to taking. If you want to stack up at RB/WR, a cheap Gardener can be the soil to let your team blossom.

Notable mentions: Baker Mayfield @ ARI – $6,400, Jameis Winston @ DET – $6,900


Running back


Chris Carson @ CAR – $7,500:

With Rashaad Penny done for the year, Chris Carson pretty much has a monopoly in the backfield. Seattle’s opponents in Carolina are the worst ranked against opposing RBs should you can start Carson with confidence. Atlanta just went and put 40 up on them and allowed Devonta Freeman to score his first rushing TD of the season. Chris Carson is a much better back and is likely to get volume, probable positive gamescript and with Penny gone, will add a few nothces to the receptions column too.

Philip Lindsay @ KC – $5,600:

It’s been hard going trying to understand the Denver backfield for most of this year but Lindsay has eclipsed 50 rushing yards in 10 of his last 11 games, and he’s added six touchdowns in that span, making the second-year running back a dependable option heading into a Week 15 matchup against the vulnerable Chiefs run defense. If you need a player that has multiple TD potential for a cheap price, Lindsay is a decent option.

Notable Mentions: Raheem Mostert vs ATL: $5,200, David Montgomery @ GB: $5,500


wide receiver


DeAndre Hopkins @ TEN – $8,000:

Hopkins averages 10 targets a game, regardless of whether it’s home or away, that’s why you are paying the premium price here for the shiniest toy on the shelf. Whilst Hopkins is a luxury play in week 15, an injury or two to the Titans back end could lead to a big game from Nuk. His last outing against the broncos saw his rec yard watermark increased for the season and with everything on the line in this one in a tough AFC South battle, I can see Watson turning Hopkins way a few more times than the 10 on average he s currently getting.

Cooper Kupp @ DAL – $6,500:

To the 2nd part of the LA Rams stack. Cooper Kupp has produced a lot less recently than we are used to. As alluded to with Jared Goff, Dallas have not played defence for a while now and are susceptible to short stuff over the middle and a bit of cleverness in playcalling. His targets have dropped over the past few weeks from 10 to 6 and to 4 on MNF against the Seahawks. He still managed to turn thos 4 targets into 4 receptions for 45 yards and a TD though and I envisage a resurgence for Kupp in this game. In tournaments, you need to go left when everyone else is going right. Chances are any Goff starters may stack him with Woods, but I think it’s currently Kupp half empty rather than Kupp half full so i expect a vintage Kupp game here.

Breshard Perriman @ DET – $4,500:

I get it, you read the name and vomited a little inside. That’s fine. Perriman has actually enjoyed a slightly increased role of late, but in DFS you want a home run hitter in your team to give you that ceiling and Perriman is that. the fairly disappointed WR to date finished with 3 rec for 70yds and a TD last week and with Mike Evans out for this one with a hamstring coupled with Detroit allowing a lot of production to the position, Perriman is not a bad shout to try and stack up elsewhere in your lineups. If he goes off, you’ll be a Perri-happy-man. Chris Godwin is an obvious play in tournaments becuase of the Evans injury, but again, going left when you’re going right, saving $3,200 in the process.

Notable mentions: Dede Westbrook @ OAK – $4,600, Michael Galllup vs LAR – $5,700


tight end


Dallas Goedert @ WAS – $4,300:

Alshon Jeffrey is done for the season, which means they have dustmen left at wide receiver. Zach Ertz has seen a resurgence down the stretch for the Eagles but Goedert can put up numbers just like he can and he s $1,700 cheaper. He has had 6 targets over the last 4 weeks and against a poor Washington side, should find the endzone, which is generally all you need at the tight end position. He averages 19 yards more in away games on average and 5 fantasy points per game. It’s hard to look past the big three TEs but if you are short of cash by the time you get to TE, Goedert can do just the job.

Notable mentions: OJ Howard @ DET – $3,500, Tyler Higbee @ DAL – $3,900

defence/st


Philadelphia Eagles @ WAS – $3,400

Despite their struggle on offence, the Philadelphia Eagles are a good play against a Washington team that aren’t overly interested in winning, have a rookie quarterback who has only had a handful of snaps this season. There aren’t a lot of cheap options that are viable this week and underneath Philadelphia it’s all very hit and miss. The home and road splits for the Eagles arent pretty but they’ve had some tough assignments away from home. They know how to create turnovers and get to the quarterback. That’s all you need in this game.

Notable mentions: Chicago Bears @ GB – $2,400, New England @ CIN – $4,000

Start ’em, Sit ’em (HOU @ TEN, PHI @ WAS, CLE @ ARI, MIN @ LAC)

By Paul Maughan (@morny7)

Texans at Titans


QB – Ryan Tannehill

This is a direct copy from last week, but seriously, it’s impossible to ignore what he’s doing. He is playing at a level higher than pretty much any other quarterback not named Lamar Jackson. Now that he’s let out from under the shadow of Adam Gase, he’s flourishing and if you were smart enough to pick him up cheap weeks ago, he’s been a gift. This week, there’s the added bonus that the Texan’s defence is a gift for opposing QBs (just ask Drew Lock).

I never thought I’d say it, but you cannot afford to ignore Ryan Tannehill for your playoff semi-final.


RB – D.Johsnon/C.Hyde

Both running backs are alright, and might get a modest point tally, but expect the Texans to attack vertically (this should be a big, big DeAndre Hopkins week) and what’s left for the backfield will be split. In a week where you’ll be looking for huge weeks from your running backs I wouldn’t be rolling the dice of either of these.

However, if it’s a roll of the dice you’re looking for……


Eagles at Redskins


RB – Miles Sanders

Yes, the Eagles backfield is a minefield for fantasy, but Sanders production has been consistently climbing week-on-week. With Jordan Howard still struggling to get fit, Sanders should continue to thrive. He’ll get lots of touches, giving him a nice safe floor, and his big play and receiving upside means he could be the sort of flex option to get you through to your playoff final.


RB – Adrian Peterson

He’ll get lots of touches and probably do okay (fantasy-wise). But you’re basically picking him for a maximum point potential of 12 points, and up against an Eagles run-defence which has consistently out-performed the secondary this year you’d be lucky to hit that. If you’re desperate for a Redskins pivot in this one, go for Terry McLaurin instead. Peterson is nowhere near being the right play here.


Browns at Cardinals


RB – Kareem Hunt

He’s been superb since returning from suspension, and he should flourish against such a porous defence. He gets slightly less of the rushing workload (behind Nick Chubb), but even so gets his share of rushing touchdowns. More importantly for people in PPR leagues, he’s to all intents and purposes a slot receiver and a points-magnet. If he’s on our roster, he has to play this week. It’s a no brainer.


RB – David Johnson

He’s had a very, very quiet season anyway but he’s almost been cut out of the passing game and is currently the middle man in a three-man backfield timeshare (Kenyon Drake is number one, Chase Edmunds number three – beware, none are good fantasy picks!). The Browns have a tough, steely defence and Johnson will barely lay a glove on them.


Vikings at Chargers


WR – Keenan Allen

Allen has been consistently great, without anyone mentioning it, all year. Rivers has had his struggles but he’s successfully used Allen as a safety blanket and his numbers show this. Against a Vikings defence which, surprisingly, gives up a lot of points to WRs, Allen has a floor of around 13-15 points. With a bit of luck and a touchdown or two, he could smash straight through his ceiling.


QB – Kirk Cousins

The world’s most belittled Franchise Quarterback should really struggle this week. The Chargers have a solid defence and don’t give up many points to wide receivers at all, and the Vikings will be expecting to hang their whole offense on Dalvin Cook (who should be a fantasy goldmine this week). Don’t even consider going near Cousins, he could derail your whole season.

Hype Train Station – Week 15

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

For most people we are at the Semi Final stage. You’ve almost reached your final destination but there’s one last set of changes to make before the final journey. Who will lead you down the right track, and who may delay your shot at the title for another year?

David Montgomery (CHI @GB)

The Packers run Defence still gets gashed often and after rediscovering their offensive mojo a little bit, the Bears should look to lean on Montgomery (and to a lesser extent Cohen) to make a game of it against Green Bay. I don’t think it will be an express, more of a freight train, but it’ll get where it needs to.


Josh Jacobs (OAK vsJAX)

If Jacobs does return to the lineup after missing this week, I fear for the Jaguars. Out of the running and unable to stop other teams running on them, Jacobs may have a field day. If he isn’t available to play then the likes of Richard and Washington become valuable waiver wire pickups. Leonard Fournette at the other end might also have a chance of a big day.


Kareem Hunt/Nick Chubb (CLE @ARI)

The Cardinals are getting close to tanking territory with only 4 teams holding worse records. The Browns sees to have found a way to make 2 good running backs relevant and if you can play either of them, you probably should.


Chris Carson (SEA @CAR)

A team who run heavy against a team who struggle against the run. Unless there’s a change in Penny’s health, it’s Carson’s workload.



AJ Brown (TEN vsHOU)

I do remember saying a few weeks ago that AJ Brown might be a fantasy playoff stud and last week was incredible. He’s now the Hypest of Hype trains and yet is still on some waiver wires. The Texans secondary doesn’t have a lot left in order to derail him, so this could well be a fun ride.


Chris Godwin (TB @DET)

This should go without saying, especially now Mike Evans is going to be questionable. This is a hint towards DFS players that all your savings on other players should be used to field Godwin. If you can’t quite afford that luxury to create the team you want, Kenny Golladay is on the other side here and may be another stud to drop in there. It’s a good looking head-to-head.


Julian Edelman (NE @CIN)

Again, a stud to slot in if you can. Edelman always gets work and gets the job done when he plays.


Jarvis Landry (CLE @ARI)

Suddenly it all makes sense. OBJ has been nursing an injury all season and Landry has been getting more targets. With that clarity and the Browns near enough out of contention, OBJ ought to be shut down which opens up Landry for a bigger role.


Emanuel Sanders (49ers vsATL)

When he plays, he is a force to be reckoned with. Sanders is even passing for TD’s now. The 49ers are amping it up and the Falcons are one of those teams they should be able to express themselves against in their pursuit of the #1 seed.




Ryan Tannehill (TEN vsHOU)

I just mentioned AJ Brown, well it would be hard to ignore the role the guy at the other end of those passes was doing. Tannehill has a schedule that makes him more than a streamer. Now that his receivers are stepping up, he is someone worth getting onboard with. The Titans and Steelers are scrapping for the final wildcard spot, but with the Titans playing the Texans twice in three weeks, 2 wins might leave the Texans on the platform.


Jimmy Garoppolo (SF vsATL)

Again, a play who may be on a waiver wire and may cost a bit less in DFS but who has the matchup and the weapons to put up a big score.


Baker Mayfield (CLE @ARI)

He’s had a poor year, but this matchup suits him well and the fans will want some slim hopes to cling too before the Browns do the inevitable.


Tom Brady (NE @CIN)

Brady against the last team in the league, after a loss and while still hunting for the #1 seed and having taped why they were up to last week… do you need any further reasons?


Jameis Winston (TB @DET)

He may be a turnover liability, but his passing numbers and TDs keep making him a fantasy stud in many weeks. A rare player who is much better in fantasy than he is in real life.



Zach Ertz/Dallas Goedert (PHI @WAS)

This isn’t a great week for Tight Ends. Arizona have the Browns and Njoku is still just getting back into league action. Tampa Bay have the Lions and TJ Hockenson isn’t yet ready to be an option. The Bengals play the Patriots who haven’t exactly had a usable TE since Gronk left. This makes the Eagles against the Redskins look like the best matchup. Both guys have relevance now Ertz has proven his fitness.


Mike Gesicki (MIA @NYG)

Gesicki is on a roll and the Giants defence is a nice one to stream against. Keep an eye on Evan Engram at the other end since he may be a solid DFS options if he finally plays again.


Jonnu Smith (TEN vsHOU)

Continuing the love for the Titans offence, Smith is looking to become the #1 and stop Delanie Walker taking his job back next season. Last week was one of his best outings in a Titans jersey and a follow up here in a good matchup may finally tip him over the edge.


Steelers (PIT vsBUF)

If the Steelers want to win this game and give themselves a shot at the playoffs, it all hangs on this defence. The Bills offence isn’t frightening, but they need to step up to give their own offence the best chance they can.


Ravens (BAL vsNYJ)

The Jets can’t get a lot going and the Ravens just keep stamping on teams. This feels like a no-brainer.


Eagles (PHI @WAS)

Another decent enough defence against a poor offence. If Guice is missing, then the Eagles should swoop all over the Redskins.


Saints (NO vsIND)

The Colts look so mediocre on both sides of the ball this season and this is a matchup against a much better team. The Saints defence is very capable of doing work, although the 49ers did expose them majorly last week. 


Good Luck to everyone in their playoffs and playing DFS this week. Next week will be the final Hype Train Station visit of the season barring any disruptions so I will see you there hopefully.

Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em – JAX@OAK, ATL@SF, LAR@DAL, BUF@PIT

The business end. Squeaky bum time. New Orleans heartbreak-time.

If your Fantasy Playoffs hadn’t started lasted week then they do this weekend. Here are your Starts/Sits for a selection of the late window games.


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders


RB Leonard Fournette

In a game between two teams who are now just looking to next season it is difficult to look past anything other than a huge Leonard Fournette game against a Raiders team that, when it comes to Fantasy, is a burst water mains.

They allow an average of nearly 20 points per game to running backs  and despite Fournette only having 3 TDs to his name this year I am backing him to have a monster game this week.

RB – Josh Jacobs

This is prefaced on the idea that I am expecting very little from Oakland this weekend after they’ve been blown out the last two weeks.

If it looks like going that way again I expect Gruden to pull his stars from the game again and that’s before we even take into account that Jacobs is banged up and could even see a limited snap count for a meaningless end of season game. This is not a statistical sit ‘em but if it comes to garbage time offense I don’t expect to see Jacobs on the field.


Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers 


D/ST – SF 49ers

Yes, they gave up 46 points against the Saints. Yes, Matt Ryan is a great QB.

However, who’s he going to throw to other than Austin Hooper? I expect Jones is going to be double covered and he’s not gone above 100 receiving yards since Week 8. Ridley has been shut down for the year and I’d be amazed if the 49ers gave up anything close to 46 points in their own stadium.

This is an absolute lock of a start if you have them.

RB – Devonta Freeman

In the game where he recorded his first rushing score of the year, Freeman also picked up a knee injury in the blowout win over the Panthers.

I expect him to play come Sunday but much like Josh Jacobs for the Raiders, I expect a limited snap count if he’s good to go.

Add in that the 49ers D and the Falcons O Line is absolute garbage and it’s a pretty potent mix for Freeman having another poor week.


Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys


TE – Tyler Higbee

Two straight 100+ yard games for Higbee have made him a viable playoff option if – like me – you’ve got a Questionable Mark Andrews/Noah Fant issue.

The Rams have all of a sudden become a viable playoff contender after their embarrassment at the hands of the Ravens and they face off against a Cowboys team who are…underachieving? Not very good? Still leading their division?!

The Cowboys allow an average of just over 7 points per game to Tight Ends but when they’ve faced some viable top ten TEs they’ve struggled. They gave up two scores to Kyle Rudolph in Week 10 and I’d argue their D hasn’t got much better since.

Some Fantasy matchups could come down to that extra catch from your Tight End and I’d back Higbee ahead of most other TEs this week.

K – Kai Forbath

Brett Maher is gone after a series of whiffed kicks and in comes a Kai the Guy whose kicking this season is 1/1 on FGs and 1/2 on XPs. Rusty? I’d say.

This is another that is not stat-based as there isn’t enough to go on with Forbath but if you still had Maher in your team, a) what were you thinking and b) sign anyone else to replace him. You can’t trust Forbath – or even the Cowboys in general – to come good this week when a Fantasy Playoff Final appearance hangs in the balance.


Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers


RB – Devin Singletary

A pretty stellar game against the stifling Ravens D for Singletary last week gives a good indication that he could repeat against the Steelers this week in what should be another Defense-heavy game as both these teams look to take a step towards the playoffs.

He’s topped 100 scrimmage yards each of the last three weeks and given how stingy the Steelers secondary is I expect him to have plenty of touches this Sunday night/Monday morning, he had 17 carries and was 6/8 on targets against the Ravens.

WR – James Washington

In a dead rubber Fantasy matchup last week I started Washington, just to test the water about if he’d be able to repeat his brilliant Week 13 performance in a favourable matchup against the Cardinals. Plot spoiler: He didn’t. Post credits scene: I started him ahead of Emmanuel Sanders.

If he’s not going to break off big points against the Cards then don’t expect him to do anything against the Bills who, much like the Steelers secondary, are stingy, stifling and downright superb.

This Sit ‘Em can apply to any Pittsburgh pass-catcher, frankly. 


Best of luck to you all this weekend, if anyone wants to tell me that Ryan Tannehill will get found out against the Texans and Saquon Barkley is going to finally turn a big performance in then I’m all ears!

Start ’em, Sit ’em – NYJ@BAL, IND@NO, TB@DET, DEN@KC

By Jake Linley-Brown (@JakeLB12)

There’s 3 weeks left of the regular season, 2 weeks-ish remaining until Christmas, and 1 more Thursday night football game to watch, which is a perfect segue to our starting point. Let’s commence. 


JETS @ RAVENS


RB – Mark Ingram

The Jets have one of the best run defences in the league, but there are a few red flags here. Not playing for anything and going again on a short week would make me nervous. My biggest fear? The opponent. Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens are the best rushing team in the league, rushing for over 50 yards more on average than the nearest team, the 49ers. With a little incentive such as home field advantage in the playoffs well within reach now, and game script likely meaning pounding the ball down a banged-up Jets D’s throat, I want all of Mark Ingram on Thursday.

Side note – Gus Edwards, if you’re in a desperate spot at Flex this week, might get a lot of garbage time volume. Just a thought.

QB – Sam Darnold

Contrary to Mark Ingram, I want none of Sam Darnold this week. As he’s about to embark on a brutal stretch (@BAL, PIT, @ BUF – yikes), Darnold might wish he had mono again for the month of December. This Ravens D is 8th in the league for takeaways and giving very little to anyone lined up behind centre. Darnold, however, just had a two week stretch against the Bengals and Miami where he started off bad to only reach lukewarm status; not good considering the opposing defences and the opportunity they both bring. I’ll pass. 


COLTS @ SAINTS


WR – Marcus Johnson

Fast forward to the Monday night game now, and because tis’ the season for miracles, I’m going left-field on this one. Marcus Johnson was probably a guy you hadn’t heard of a month ago but this past Sunday against the Bucs, he came to the party. 3 catches, 105 yards and a touchdown looks like a line you’d see on ‘Madden’, but there is no denying the deep threat he carries. Using just common sense here, T.Y. Hilton is likely to be out again and Zach Pascal will almost certainly be shadowed by Marshon Lattimore. Can Marcus make the most of this opportunity?

Everyone but D. Brees, A.Kamara and M.Thomas

This might be seen as a cop out and you’re right, it is. But my thought process for this matchup solely relies on two things. For one, I anticipate Sean Payton does everything he can to resuscitate Alvin Kamara, this week. The star running back, who has majorly underwhelmed fantasy owners this season, scored 6.3 PPR points on Sunday in a game where his team scored 46 points – go figure. Secondly, I expect Michael Thomas to feast as always and by this point, will the Saints need to throw the ball anyway on a Colts D that is floundering? I doubt it.


BUCCANEERS @ LIONS


TE – OJ Howard

The big news out of Tampa this week is that Mike Evans looks done for the year. This means it’s officially Chris Godwin OJ. Howard season. I’m kidding, of course, but it does potentially mean Howard could be in for some more looks going forward. Jameis will continue to throw the ball for what seems a 100 times each week, and Godwin can’t catch them all, so we’re just playing the percentages here. O.J., fresh off the back of his highest receiving yardage of the season on Sunday, gets the Lions D this week who looks ready for their holidays to begin. In my book, it’s worth a punt.

RB – Bo Scarbrough

Scarbrough is an absolute tank of a man and I would not tell him he’s featuring in the ‘SIT’ section to his face. That being said, he’s thousands of miles away, so I’m going to act hard. Don’t get me wrong, the volume is there (19 carries last week), but he’s trending down in terms of points this past month. Reports are also stating he’s a ‘little sore’ from the loss against the Vikings. The biggest downer? The Bucs, for all their flaws, are an excellent unit against the run. In other words, don’t bo-lieve the hype.


BRONCOS @ CHIEFS


WR – Courtland Sutton

To me, this one is a no-brainer. Despite logging a quiet day in the shock win over Houston (5 catches, 34 yards), Sutton still saw more targets than any of his teammates. New rookie QB Drew Lock looks like he might be the key to salvaging some of this Denver season, and there’s no reason to doubt Sutton being a beneficiary. In the first meeting of these two teams this season, Courtland scored 14.7 PPR points thanks to 6 catches and 87 yards. The second meeting might entail playing catch up early, so let’s hope for more of the same this time round.

RB – LeSean McCoy

If you think you know what’s going on in the Chiefs backfield, please send answers on a postcard. Shady McCoy carried the ball for a team high 11 times for 39 yards against New England, but was actually out-snapped by Spencer Ware at the position. With Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and everyone with the surname Williams all out right now, McCoy might have one last shot to cement his place. I for one, however, am not buying he can do it.

Good luck this week!